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Duolingo gets social

Duolingo, the popular language learning app, has long made learning a new language accessible to anybody with a computer or smartphone. Unlike being in a traditional class environment, though, using Duolingo was always a rather lonely experience. The company, whose app has now been used by over 150 …

Language Learning

WTF is a VPN?

You’re watching a movie. A criminal is trying to evade a crime scene in a sports car on the highway. A helicopter is following the car from above. The car enters a tunnel with multiple exits and the helicopter loses track of the car.<p>A VPN works just like the tunnel in this movie scene — it connects …

VPNs

Leaked files show just how much data Cellebrite’s smartphone cracking tool is capable of accessing

Cellebrite has garnered attention over recent years for its specialization skills in cracking cellphone encryption and accessing data stored on devices. The company was originally believed to have been behind the unlocking method used by the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone 5c, though later reports …

Phones

How to screen share with iOS and macOS to help friends and family with new devices

Over that last month your friends and family have probably purchased or been gifted a range of new devices, and odds may be good that you’re the go-to for tech support. Sometimes it works to problem solve by voice or text message when you aren’t with the user in need, but it’s often better to see …

Apple News

Get HyperDrive, the ultimate Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pros while limited time pricing lasts

HyperDrive is a compact, super-fast USB-C hub for the new MacBook Pro and the first to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Add back HDMI, two USB 3.1 ports, a microSD/SD slot, as well as Thunderbolt 3 & USB-C ports with a sleek aluminum hub available in both silver and space gray to match …

Apple News

Swipe right? 'Toilet paper' for smartphones trialled in Japanese airport bathrooms

Japan has taken its reputation for hygiene up another notch with the introduction of “toilet paper” for smartphones inside toilets at Narita …

How to Safely Delete Private Data Forever

If you’re erasing sensitive files from a computer, you probably want them gone forever and far beyond the reach of data recovery tools. …

Security

5 things to think about before buying your child a cell phone for Christmas

<b>(CNN) —</b> In households around the world, I imagine many conversations going something like this during the holidays: "Mom, I reallywant a phone. Everyone has one. Can I please, please get one this year?"<p>And then, after hearing the appeals, Mom (or Dad, or both parents) edge even closer to buying a …

Parenting

Temperature-Tracking Wearables Could Transform the Pediatric Health Care and Elder Care Markets

TempTraq allows caregivers to monitor temperatures remotely with a unique Bluetooth-enabled design.<p>Picture this: It's 2 a.m. and your 3-month-old is in her crib in the next room starting to fuss a little. She's been running a fever all day, and you don't want to go in and bother her in case she …

Health

Fill This Dongle With Movies to Watch on Your Next Flight

Here’s a true story. It’s Thanksgiving. We’re getting the kids packed for dinner with friends across town. We know it’s going to be football or some …

When will you be able to make a call on a plane?

While many flyers would prefer <i>any</i> airline feature over phone calls—smaller seats, a larger selection of $38 snack boxes, windows that open—the debate over sky-dialing is back. On Dec. 8, the US Department of Transportation opened the door to in-flight yakking by issuing a proposal that airlines …

Airplanes

Don't let free Wi-Fi wreck the holidays

Evan Robertson won his school science fair this year by proving just how thoughtless people can be on public Wi-Fi networks.<p>Evan, now 11, programmed fake Wi-Fi portals and took them to food courts shopping centers across the Austin, Texas, area and waited to see how many agreed to some pretty …

Wi-Fi

UK to put up £1BN for full fiber broadband and 5G, £400M extra for VC

The UK government has confirmed it will be borrowing to try to encourage investment in high speed fiber broadband networks and 5G technology — with a plan to spend over £1BN by 2020-2021 to bolster the country’s digital infrastructure.<p>Giving his Autumn Statement today, Chancellor Philip Hammond …

Yes, the U.K. now has a law to log web users’ browsing behavior, hack devices and limit encryption

2016 has been a very good year to bury very bad news. And political distractions perhaps explain why a bill that has been described as the most extreme surveillance legislation ever passed in a democracy has today passed into law in the U.K., never having faced substantial opposition.<p>It will come …

Calling Gordon Gekko: how old mobile phones became £1,000 collector items

With the market for retro cell phones booming, here’s a selection of desirable designs, from a 10kg monster to a clamshell classic<p>When it debuted in 1989, the MicroTAC was hailed as a “game-changer”, one that Motorola argued would bring mobile phones out of the hands of top execs and into the hands …

The UK wants to give startups £400 million to prevent foreign buyouts

The UK government just announced a slew of investment in startups and R&D in a move that’s guaranteed to benefit the country’s increasingly important technology sector.<p>News of the funding was unveiled during Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond’s Autumn Statement.<p>Over £400 million of …

Everything you need to know about Google's My Activity page

What does Google know about you? Everything.<p>Seriously -- everything. Especially if you frequently use Google's many products, such as Android, Gmail, Drive, Google Maps, or YouTube. Or, you know, Google Search.<p>But there's some good news, sort of. Google has introduced a new data dashboard called …

Google

5 ways to seriously cut back on iPhone data usage

Stopping five data-hungry apps from killing your data plan isn't the only way for iPhone owners to reduce their data usage. There are five phone-wide settings that can help keep you under your monthly data allotment.<p>1. Disable cellular app updates.<p>If your apps update automatically, make sure they …

Apple News

Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize the supply chain

At the time of its inception some two centuries ago, the supply chain was a revolutionary idea that would improve visibility and control on goods and products as they moved from point A to point B. But the old concept and technology can no longer support today’s production and supply cycles, which …

How to keep your iPhone from tracking your location in iOS 10

A quick peek at your iPhone's location services settings is a (slightly creepy) reminder of how much of our privacy we entrust in Apple.<p>Allowing our …

Apple News

Wickedly clever USB stick installs a backdoor on locked PCs

You probably know by now that plugging a random USB into your PC is the digital equivalent of swallowing a pill handed to you by a stranger on the …

Security

27 Startups To Make Your Home Smarter

The future is here as we all know about IOT (internet of things) is growing for the sake of making our future entertaining, safe, secure and …

Google releases app to digitize boxes of old photo prints

NEW YORK (AP) — Google wants to make digitizing your old photo prints as easy as opening an app.<p>The PhotoScan app for iPhones and Android phones will use the phone's camera to capture an old photo in four sections and stitch them together, much like a panorama shot. Google says this approach helps …

Google Pixel hacked in under 60 seconds by Chinese team

Google’s new flagship just got hacked by a Chinese team at in under 60 seconds.<p>At PwnFest, a hacking competition in Seoul, South Korea, a team of white-hat hackers known as Qihoo 360 demonstrated an exploit that allowed for remote code execution on the Pixel. In under 60 seconds, the team used a …

Yello Mobile, South Korea's Second Biggest Startup, Gets Another Investor At Its Steady But Lofty $4 Billion Valuation

I cover business, startups, tech, entrepreneurship, economics and politics on the Korean Peninsula. When not writing or editing, I'm practicing muay thai, riding a motorbike somewhere, or sleeping.<p>The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer.

Startups

Sevenhugs Smart Remote Takes Home Automation To The Next Level (video)

Wouldn’t it be great to have a single remote control for all your home automation needs. If you have been searching for a single remote control …

Home

Now AI Reads Lips With Stunning Accuracy

The new deep learning AI could soon be used as an assistant for the deaf and hard of hearing.<p>Oxford University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence that can accurately read lips using deep learning technology from DeepMind. The team calls its AI LipNet and it uses a technique …

Why Tesla’s new solar roof tiles and home battery are such a big deal

On October 28, Tesla unveiled its new solar roof tiles. Few of us in attendance, if any, realized the solar roofing tiles were actual functional solar panels until Elon Musk said so. Sure, it’s a neat trick, but what’s the big deal?<p>Why does it matter that Tesla is making a fashion statement when …

LastPass on mobile is now free

LastPass, the password manager owned by LogMeIn, is making a core component of its service free.<p>LastPass helps improve password security by allowing users to generate random passwords and storing them securely, so users don’t have to worry about password reuse leading to one of their accounts being …